King Mohammed VI received Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at Rabat’s royal palace.
The meeting between the monarch and Sanchez was an opportunity to review Moroccan-Spanish bilateral bonds, according to a statement from the royal office.
King Mohammed VI and Sanchez also agreed on the need to boost bilateral ties thorough consolidating political dialogue and giving more dynamism to economic partnership between the two countries.
The King and the President of the Spanish Government also welcomed the level of cooperation between the two countries, which face several challenges related to security and development in Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Spain’s ambassador in Rabat, Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner, and secretary-general for International Affairs, José Manuel Albares, also attended the audience offered to Sanchez.
The King’s advisor, Fouad Ali El Himma, Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita, and the ambassador of the King in Madrid, Karima Benyaich, also took part in the audience.
King Mohammed VI also offered a luncheon in honor of Sanchez chaired by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani
Upon his arrival, Sanchez was received by El Othmani in Rabat earlier today.
Both officials held talks and discussed measures to further reinforce the bilateral ties. Sanchez told the press today that the economic partnership between the two countries “is also important, which is why we agreed to organize a Moroccan-Spanish economic forum next year.”
Aside from business, Spain is also considered as a voice to Morocco at the EU parliament. Throughout the recent months, Sanchez voiced Morocco’s migration-related concerns.
Recognizing Morocco’s efforts, Sanchez said that Morocco made efforts in fighting against irregular immigration. He added that migration “is a shared responsibility and we need to strengthen our cooperation on this issue.”